Prime Scout on the cover of the October Stereophile

Prime Scout on the cover of the October Stereophile

Postby husafreak » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:36 pm

Checking out a nice review of the Prime Scout in the new issue of Stereophile magazine, nice review. I am curious though, is the platter on that TT the Classic platter that is on my Scout 2? It looks like the record hangs way out over the edge of the platter. Can you still use and store the periphery ring on it? Art Dudley compares it to the older Scout with acrylic platter so that wasn't very useful. It is a pretty table but I'm still glad to have a Scout 2.
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Re: Prime Scout on the cover of the October Stereophile

Postby JRM » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:04 pm

The article in Stereophile states the platter is 1.25 Inches thick, that is not the classic platter which is on the Scout 2. Also it would have been nice to compare the Prime Scout with the 300 RPM motor upgrade on the Scout 2. Also notice that there was no mention of the available 3D arm upgrade which is still lacking a review.
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Re: Prime Scout on the cover of the October Stereophile

Postby Mat » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:34 am

Nope not the Classic (or Prime :p ) platter. The Prime Scout platter is the same as the former Scout table being thinner and smaller in diameter. Still easy to upgrade :) We are VERY excited about the cover of the magazine and the positive review :)
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Re: Prime Scout on the cover of the October Stereophile

Postby husafreak » Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:28 am

Oh thanks Mat, When I saw the cover shot I wasn't sure what I was seeing! I love reading pro reviews of your tables, the reviewers are usually thrilled to describe well made, no nonsense tables that with a bit of time spent in set up provide best in class performance. That has never changed. And of course sexy images sell magazines, so your Prime form in any iteration is a no brainer! I really think the Prime Scout is a brilliant successor to the Scout that I own. It is a much more appealing table design wise and it's distinctive shape will become the VPI to own for most of us. I mean I know my Scout 2 is a wonderful sounding table, but the Prime is better looking!
I hope to hear more about the new 3D arm for Scout tables. But that is another discussion.
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Re: Prime Scout on the cover of the October Stereophile

Postby tom collins » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:09 am

Art Dudley is one of my favorite reviewers with one caveat. Art really has a fascination for unusual gear. In my opinion, that becomes a slight problem in some of his reviews due to the fact that few people have low powered bespoke amplifiers so testing lower efficiency speakers is problematic. In this review, the Denon 103 and its variants are wonderful cartridges and I use the Soundsmith Denon Gold personally, but few people buying a table at that price point are going to use such a cartridge. I would have liked to see him use one of the low level ortofons or sumiko or other cartridge often used with tables in this price range as I think it would have been more relevant to a wider range of readers.

Because reviewers are careful in their wording and Mr. Dudley is more careful than most, you have to read between the lines a little. So, my take on the review was that it was moderately enthusiastic, but no rave.

As for testing with an upgrade, I seldom ever see that, they tend to test them as they receive them. I agree that using a $3 computer power cord with a $5,000.00 component really short changes the component, but at least everyone is on a level playing field. I bet their personal listening is done with the best they have available in their homes.
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